Field Course on Ore Deposits Mapping Report
Jose A. Garcia (Tony)
I am thankful for the support of Lew Teal that allowed me to attend one of the best field-based ore deposits mapping courses in the world at the University of Arizona. Sponsorships like this are a huge help to students in the department.
The mapping course provided a unique opportunity to learn about magmatic and hydrothermal systems at multiple levels (from top to bottom). The hands-on learning experience gives you a different perspective of looking at rocks in the field. Lectures and field discussions allow you to instantly relate what you are observing on outcrop to ore deposit models, phase diagrams, as well as fluid source(s), flow paths, etc. Personally, I had never been introduced to the Anaconda style mapping until now, which I found to offer an immense advantage over the more classical mapping style (learned in undergrad.). It displays large amounts of information in a simple, readable way.
Aside from the technical knowledge, the course allowed me to network with industry professionals from a variety of companies (i.e. Rio Tinto, Freeport-McMoRan, McEwen Mining, Grupo Mexico, Penoles, Vale Exploration), some of which I had the chance to see again at the Society for Economic Geology meeting in Chile.
Master's thesis Featured in AGU Article
Congratulations to Julio Ceniceros who was a part of the research team featured in this story by the AGU. Julio was a co-author of the study and included his part of the work in his UTEP Master's thesis in Environmental Science, defended in Spring 2019. His participation was enabled as his NERTO summer fieldwork experience included in his support from NCAS-M, the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology. Much appreciation to Jessie Creamean (NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory, and now at Colorado State University).
Julio is now a Ph.D. student in UTEP's Environmental Science and Engineering program, continuing Arctic earth systems research for his doctorate under Dr. Craig Tweedie.
Summer 2019 PhD Researchers
Jenna Faith is studying the seismicity and structure around Pecos, Texas in the Delaware Basin. Over the past few years, the seismicity in this area has greatly increased, and we want to understand why. We want to figure out if the earthquakes are caused by natural forces, hydraulic fracturing, migration of fluids into basement faults from oil recovery processes, or by other reasons. In collaboration with the Texas BEG, we have deployed a network of 21-25 (depending on the month) 5-Hz, 3-Component geophones (white instrument shown in photo) to record the seismic data from November 2018 to November 2019. We aim to better locate the earthquake hypocenters so we can then try to map the subsurface features to really tie down where exactly these earthquakes are occurring within the subsurface. Jenna's summer research is supported by the McBride Fellowship.
Congratulations Spring 2019 graduates!
Dr. Anthony (left), Dr. Pennington, Dr. Giles, Guadalupe Alverex, Dr. Evey Gannaway, Dr. Kubicki, Dr. Ricketts, Nathan Reade, Ezequiel Moreno, Haley Miller, Alondra Soltero (right)
2020 Diana Natalicio Doctoral Fellowship Awardee
Congratulations Victor Garcia!
The Natalicio Dissertation Fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis to an outstanding PhD student for the final stage of completing a dissertation. The Fellowship provides $10,000 to support a student for the last semester of dissertation work. The award process occurs in the spring for students completing in the subsequent academic year. One student is nominated per doctoral program. The awardee this year is Mr. Victor Garcia!
2019 Diana Natalicio Doctoral Fellowship Awardee
Congratulations Cora (Evey) Gannaway Dalton !
The Natalicio Dissertation Fellowship is awarded on a competitive basis to an outstanding PhD student for the final stage of completing a dissertation. The Fellowship provides $10,000 to support a student for the last semester of dissertation work. The award process occurs in the spring for students completing in the subsequent academic year. One student is nominated per doctoral program. The awardee this year is Mrs. Gannaway Dalton!